March 22, 2014

Gunslingin’ leads to criminal charges

March 22, 2014 Staff Writer Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK — Cami Sitsler and Benjamin Grass have been arraigned on gun-related charges.

Sitsler, 26, Locust Grove, is facing charges of felonious possession of a firearm.

The probable cause affidavit filed in the case states that authorities responded to an assault with a firearm call on East 580 Road, Sunday around 4:30 a.m.

The victim, Albert Ward, allegedly told officers that Sitsler showed up at the door of his residence and asked him to come outside and talk. Once outside, Ward said Sitsler pulled a gun on him, pointed it at his face and tried to pull the trigger.

“He grabbed the gun with his left hand before the trigger was pulled and as Sitsler pulled the trigger his left pinky finger got in between the hammer and the firing pin and cut his finger,” according to the probable cause affidavit.

The affidavit continues with Ward’s statement alleging he took the gun from Sitsler and threw it across the driveway.

Ward’s statement said Sitsler arrived in a Chevrolet Colorado and Jerome and Amanda Ward were with her.

Another witness on the scene, Conley Williams, said he picked up the gun, unloaded it, and placed it in his waistband to keep anyone else from getting it.

Kelsay Brizendine, another witness, said Sitsler kept asking for her gun back before she would leave.

Yet another witness, Kylen Lemmings, corroborated that Williams was who picked up the gun. The affidavit includes a statement from Sitsler, who said she asked Albert to come out of the house but that he pushed and yelled at her.

“She said that Albert reached into her vehicle, grabbed her gun and threw it across the driveway. She stated that the gun was on the front seat of the vehicle,” according to the affidavit. Allegedly, she arrived in a Ford Explorer and was alone.

Later, officers were advised that Brizendine had called 911 in Delaware County to report that the “male driver of the Chevy Colorado came back to the residence to apologize.”

The gun in question, a Ruger SR22 semi-automatic pistol, was taken as evidence. The case is currently listed as an outstanding warrant.

Benjamin Grass, 34, Salina, is charged with a misdemeanor count of pointing a firearm. Authorities were dispatched on a physical domestic assault in progress on 453 Loop on March 17. The alleged victim, Shania Grass, said she and her brother, Benjamin Grass, had gotten into an argument when she pushed him against the wall. The alleged victim’s boyfriend witnessed the event.

“Shania was trying to go to her room and Benjamin believed she was going for a gun and he pushed her into the wall before leaving the residence and calling the sheriff’s office,” according to the probable cause affidavit.

Grass’ stepmother allegedly arrived a short time later, stating that Benjamin Grass had pointed a rifle at her before running into the woods.

The stepmother also stated that Benjamin Grass returned a short time later from the woods and body-slammed her.

Officers arrived on the scene to find Benjamin Grass laying against a tree in the front yard screaming that his ankle and arm were broken. He was placed in handcuffs for officer safety.

The gun in question, a Marlin 30-30,  with one cartridge in the magazine, was found lying approximately 10 feet from Grass.

The affidavit states the defendant was taken to the hospital with a broken ankle.

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